The mission of Take Stock in Children is to provide students and their families inspiration through mentoring, support, and scholarships by empowering them to achieve their dreams of an education beyond high school.
Who We Are:
Take Stock in Children serving Lake and Sumter Counties began in 1996 awarding scholarships to 13 area students. Today, TSIC has assisted over 563 Lake and Sumter County Students with tuition scholarships.
How It Works:
In October of every year, Lake Sumter Take Stock in Children begins the recruitment process. The number of scholarships available depends on previous year’s fundraising outcomes. Applications are sent to Middle School Guidance Counselors who nominate 8th grade students who meet the criteria and whom they believe will benefit from the Take Stock in Children program. In order to qualify to receive an application the student must meet the following criteria:
- Student must have a financial need as per the USDA Income Guidelines and be in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
- Student must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Student must have a social security number
- Student must show a desire to succeed (an essay and two letters of recommendation are encouraged)